I know... weird title. But there is just so much jam packed in to this great movie!
I have to admit: I am a total sucker for Regency romance stories. Then, if you make it a true, compelling story that teaches my kids kindness and respect for all of our brothers and sisters, and helps create empathy for others' feelings, well...I just HAVE to share it!
Belle is the true story of Dido-- the illegitimate, bi-racial daughter of an English naval captain from a prominent family, and a slave woman-- during the time when slavery was still legal in England and her colonies. As Dido grows up among her white relatives, she finds that she belongs nowhere, being paradoxically too high and too low in station at the same time. As she reaches adulthood, Dido wonders what will become of her future. She is especially concerned as she learns about a legal case concerning the murder of hundreds of slaves. As she struggles to love herself despite her skin color (it hurts me to write that!), and to stand up to those who mistreat her, she also finds true love with a wonderful man who sees her beauty inside AND out, and who also leads the legal fight in forcing the government to recognize people of all colors...as people.
Two really big thumbs up for this movie!
-Explain the historical and political background of the age.
-Why were Dido's guardians so perplexed as to what to do with her?
-Why did they exclude her and never expect her to marry?
-Did they love her?
-Why did Dido turn down the offer of marriage?
-Why did her cousin say such hurtful things?
-What risk was the young lawyer taking in his career, and why did he do it?
-Why did Dido decide to marry him?
-Have you seen racism (toward any race) in your community? How do you personally feel about other races than your own?
-Is there anyone you know in general who doesn't fit in? How can you help them feel more included?
Community Question: Is racism a problem in your community? How do you teach your children about it?
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